Cookworm, I’m so sorry you couldn’t bring your husband around to the idea of homeschooling. Just look at how much mom’s teach their children up to the age of 5 or so, when they turn their little bodies and minds over to a government institution. Who could possibly have more of an interest in their future than their parent? :neutral: Still, for it to be successfull, it really does require the cooperation, at least, if not participation, of both parents.
Shell, before investing in too much in the way of curriculum, talk to alot of homeschoolers, go to the library and read what you can find. As was suggested, call around and see if there are homeschool co-ops in your area. If you’re in a large area, there may be more than one. Not all will be a good fit for your child and your family. Some co-ops are christian oriented, and some are not. Find out what they consist of and attend a meeting or two with different ones before committing to one you think will fit your family best.
Also, check around and see where there is a homeschooling conference held near you. I think most are held in the spring. Various curriculum vendors will be set up with booths, and can answer your questions about their curriculum. Plus, there are generally workshops you can attend. Though I’ve never attended a conference myself, every person I’ve known who has came back totally pumped up and ready to embrace the new homeschooling year. This can be most helpful ifyou’ve been doing it awhile and may be starting to feel a bit burned out (it happens).
Oh, and be sure and take your checkbook with you. Though purchasing at the conferences isn’t a requirement, you’ll undoubtedly find things you will want to purchase, and they always give you a good discount by purchasing there, over what it will cost you to order it online later.
Lastly, in the early years, you don’t really need to stress over having alot of curriculum. I’ve known plenty of people who’ve used nothing more than common sense, creativity, and the library as their resources for the first few years. Spend lots of time reading to them!
I homeschooled my daughter from 3rd grade through high school. I know many families who’ve homeschooled their children from their beginning schooling years right through high school. Many of their children are now in colleges, graduate programs, etc. One friend has a daughter who just entered Anapolis Naval Academy this year. Don’t let anyone try and tell you that homeschooling will leave your children short in their education.